The Scottish Alex Ferguson, legendary former Manchester United coach, was operated on Saturday for a brain hemorrhage and is in intensive care, the English club said in a statement .
"The procedure has gone well but needs a period of intensive care to optimize its recovery" Manchester said on its website.
"Your family asks for privacy in this matter" continued the text, which confirmed the press releases of English media such as Sky News or the BBC, which indicated that he had been hospitalized.
Last Sunday, Ferguson, 76, was present at the Old Trafford stadium and gave recognition to his colleague Arsene Wenger, who will leave Arsenal after more than two decades at the helm.
The Scot led United for 27 seasons, between 1986 and 2013, and led the "Red Devils" to win 13 English Leagues and two Champions Leagues, in 1998 and 2008, in a list of five English Cups and four Cups of the League.
In those three decades, however, the highlight was 1999, when he won the treble of the League, English Cup and Champions League, the last one after a vibrant final that he turned 2-1 against Bayern Munich, with two goals in added time.
"My thoughts and prayers are with you, dear friend, be strong, boss" said on Twitter Cristiano Ronaldo, who he led at Manchester United and with whom he won his second Champions, the 2008.  "We will be thinking of you, Sir Alex" Arsenal published on the same social network with a photo of the Scot and Wenger at the ceremony last Sunday.
Manchester City, the current Premier champion and one that Ferguson once referred to as "noisy neighbors", also wished him "a quick and speedy recovery".
"The thoughts of everyone in the Premier League are with Sir Alex Ferguson and his family," said the League, also on Twitter.
Darren, his son and manager of the third-division Doncaster Rovers, missed his team's last game of the season for "family reasons," according to the club.
"Darren asks for privacy, and will give news through the club during the week," he said.
Ferguson began his career in Scotland as a coach with East Stirlingshire, before moving to Aberdeen, where he challenged the power of Celtic and Rangers by winning three leagues, four Scottish Cups, a League Cup and a Cup Winners Cup. of UEFA.